…comes around, and on Friday friends came around for lunch, bringing a nice bottle of wine and a pretty posy of flowers from their garden – so far, so to be expected. Apart from the sedum, though, all the flowers were picked from plants grown from seed or cuttings, provided by me! Blooms of salvias ‘Amistad’ and ‘Neon’ from cuttings, Cosmos ‘Click Cranberries’ and Limonium (statice) ‘Purple Attraction’ from sowings this year, self-seeded Cosmos ‘Fizzy Rose Picotee’ from last year, and viper’s bugloss (echium) which must have self-seeded from whenever, all passed onto my friends to encourage their gardening habit and reduce the number of spare seedlings going onto my compost heap: definitely a win-win situation!
Seeing the same blooms that I have in my garden grown somewhere else made me very aware of how different conditions can affect their growth, as these varieties of cosmos have not produced such large flowers in my garden this year, nor have they had the same pronounced ruffle and neither has the limonium had such dense sprays – but they have still done well enough and are varieties I will grow again, and pass spare seedlings around!
Sunday when I normally prepare my vase and write my post was a day of continual rain here (as in much of the UK), so my gifted posy is standing in for a Vase on Monday, photographed in artificial light on top of our log-burner effect gas fire with a mini ‘baby book’ of circles as a prop. Having not experienced a full 24 hours of rain here for many many months it has been a novelty, albeit a wet one that prevented any useful gardening tasks, but in accentuating the contrasts between hard and soft in the garden and between splashes of different colours, especially the predominant greens and yellows of foliage, it had its upsides too.
If you can manage to get out in your gardens to find blooms or other plant material to create a vase of your own then feel free to share it with us on IAVOM by adding the usual links; alternatively improvise in whatever way you can if the weather is unkind! Having a posy of flowers to meditate on in the midst of our busy lives can be so restorative and Ali the Mindful Gardener describes these benefits brilliantly in her recent post ‘Be Still, Life’, so do go and read it if you have not already done so.
Things may be a little quiet on Rambling in the Garden in the next couple of weeks or so but I will be dipping in when I can; all well, just busy.